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Summer Outdoor Landscape Painting Camp

Summer Outdoor Landscape Painting for Ages 13-18

A Torrent in Norway by John Singer Sargent
"Cultivate an ever-continuous power of observation.”
-John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Taught by St. Paul artist Jack Dant, the class will introduce students to the joys of Plein Air – or open air – painting.  It will include classroom sessions to gain an understanding of the basic techniques of prismatic color mixing and brush handling in oils, and then incorporate painting sessions out of doors, where students have the opportunity to apply their newfound knowledge in front of nature.

Indoors, students will interpret landscape photos to create simple, Payne’s Grey underpainting statements to freeze light effects through drawing, perspective, and edge relationships.  Once complete, color will be applied to their paintings to demonstrate how light shifts prismatically as it recedes into the background, creating atmospheric distance.

Jack Dant at Work

During outdoor sessions, the same techniques will be applied and perfected.  Students will therefore gain an application for the value of a Payne’s Grey underpainting to simplify and capture a scene  Careful observation, good drawing and confidence in painting will be emphasized.

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Summer Camps

Josh Wilzyk, Lion comic

Summer Camps 2022

Due to the pandemic, we will not be holding any Summer Camps at our location. We will, however, run three Landscape Panting Camps outdoors. 

Van Gogh Self Portrait
"If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh
1853-1890

In this summer camp section we advertise workshops for teens and young adults by local artists we dearly admire. They stand with dedication to pass on traditional methods in practical ways to the next generation of Minnesota painters. Many of the students who join these camps find that their skills progress very quickly because of the steady routine a daily workshop offers.

Attendees will receive individual instruction and work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. Student to teacher ratio is always low to ensure a successful learning experience.

All camps are open to both new and continuing students. The course description, date, time. and cost for each workshop is listed below.

Dates and costs are also listed on our registration page.

Free Lecture by Stuart Loughridge: Sketching on Paper from Nature

Watercolor sketch of a sunrise over Lake Superior
Stuart Loughridge
Dawn, Lake Superior
From a sketchbook started in October 2020

Sunday, July 31st
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Those of you who are familiar with our programs know that they are based on thorough, ongoing research into the teaching practices used to train apprentices in the craft of drawing and painting flowing back to the Renaissance. In that system students first learned how to draw using a stylus (the modern equivalent being a pencil) and then advanced to ink and wash (the modern equivalent being ink and watercolor). From there our students can branch out in any direction (i.e., oil, pastel, etc.) as foundation skills have developed which transfer to other media.

Fortunately, we share a rich friendship with St. Paul artist Stuart Loughridge and his wife Carolynn. Stuart and Carolynn appreciate our love of tradition, and in this lecture to be held at The Art Academy Stuart will explore the practice of sketching on paper outside using the same mediums of pencil, ink, and watercolor that are recommended in our indoor classrooms.

The lecture will cover the how, the why, and the history of these methods and explore in what manner they may be used to develop a sketch on location. To explain the procedures Stuart will display many pieces of his artwork, which can only be described as poetic.

The lecture will also provide an opportunity for parents and students to meet Stuart and Carolynn and sign up for his Summer Workshops, which we advertise through our school (see below).

Please do not miss this opportunity to connect with one of the Twin Cities' greatest living artists!

To sign up for this Lecture please contact The Art Academy at 651-699-1573!

Stuart Loughridge Summer Camp 1: Outdoor Landscape Sketching in Pencil and Watercolor, Ages 13-18

River Sketches
Stuart Loughridge
A Series of Watercolor River Sketches dating from March 8th, 2020, through April 11th, 2020
(A bicycle was the mode of transport used when Stuart went out to paint these sketches.)

Tuesday August 2nd – Friday August 5th*
*This camp meets 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. 

Minnesota Artist Stuart Loughridge is helping us take kid's art education to a whole new level! We are proud to advertise that he will teach students how to draw and create pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches outdoors using a limited number of supplies for maximum portability. This four-day workshop will be held at Lilydale Park (Lake Pickerel), which has ample parking, public bathrooms, and rain shelter.

Stuart is one of the finest landscape artists in the Twin Cities, so DON'T miss this unique opportunity to study with this dedicated artist!

The cost of the Camp is $350

Take both of Stuart’s Summer 2022 Camps for $625. That’s a $75 discount!

Take all three of our Landscape Camps for $950. That’s a $100 discount!

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When you register it will be to your benefit to also attend Stuart’s lecture on July 31st at our location.

Stuart Loughridge Summer Camp 2: In Studio Compositional Development with an Emphasis on Finish, Ages 13-18

Cascades on the Beaver River, Lake County, Minnesota
Stuart Loughridge
Etching: Cascades on the Beaver River, Lake County, Minnesota
Editioned Studio Print

Monday August 8th – Thursday August 11th*
*This camp meets 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. 

This workshop is geared toward students who attend Stuart Loughridge’s 2022 Lecture, take this year’s Outdoor Landscape Sketching in Pencil and Watercolor Camp, or have joined one of his past Summer offerings. 

Students will meet at Stuart’s brand-new studio off 7th Street in St. Paul and learn how to take pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches done from nature and transform them into memorable finished work. Much emphasis will be placed on the study of compositional motifs to enrich the aesthetics of the final image. Stuart’s individual tutorials will serve as invaluable lessons to all budding artists taking this workshop.

Media that may be explored for finished projects include watercolor, gouache, and/or etching.

Please Note: There is an option for individuals to extend this workshop if needed for an additional charge.

The cost of the Camp is $350

Take both of Stuart’s Summer 2022 Camps for $625. That’s a $75 discount!

Take all three of our Landscape Camps for $950. That’s a $100 discount!

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When you register it will be to your benefit to also attend Stuart’s lecture on July 31st at our location.

Jack Dant Summer Camp, Plein Air Outdoor Landscape Painting in Oils, Ages 13-18

Jack Dant, Instructor
Plein Air Oil Painting

Thursday August 18 – Sunday August 21*
*This camp meets 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, then 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday to Sunday. 

We are proud to advertise that Minnesota plain air landscape artist Jack Dant will lead a small group of teens out into the sunshine to paint nature en plein air in oils. Jack has led youth groups for years and is wonderful with kids; he is devoting countless hours to develop this camp to impart over thirteen years of landscape painting experience to young painters. DON'T miss this unique opportunity to study with a committed painter!

The cost of the Workshop is $350

Take two of our Landscape workshops for $625. That’s a $75 discount!

Take all three of our Landscape workshops for $950. That’s a $100 discount!

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Manga and Superheroes

Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures for Ages 12-18

SUMMER 2022 COVID UPDATE

Due to the pandemic we are offering these classes online.

Please visit:

https://theartacademy.net/online-class-list/

for descriptions of these classes.

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
Schedule for Summer 2022

Character Supply List
Comics Level 1 Supply List (for new students)
Comics Level 2 Supply List (for returning students)

Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures is designed to correlate with our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals program. Students may take the two classes together to learn complementary information, thereby accelerating their skill development considerably. However, it can be taken on its own, and there is no prerequisite.

 Our Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures class features two complimentary programs to satisfy everyone’s creative needs.

Character Design and Development

"… It is my belief that the function of human anatomy, with an emphasis on its role in the process of emotion and intent, has been sorely neglected by young artist learning the practices of comics and sequential art."
-Will Eisner (1917-2005)

The program centers around the figure, where anatomy, construction and movement are studied in conjunction with each other. Children and teens with a strong interest in Japanese animation (Anime), superheroes, comics and role-playing art are especially drawn to this class. For examples, we look to professional artists to set a standard of excellence. The accumulated knowledge of these fine anatomists, draftsmen and painters inspire our students to produce work of higher quality. In addition to figure construction, students learn about costume design, gesture, facial expression, inking and color techniques.  After these skills are understood, they are encouraged to create their own Manga, Super Hero, and Fantasy Figure characters from local artists who excel in figure design.

Visual Storytelling through Comics and Graphic Novels

"The only way to learn how to write and draw is by writing and drawing… To persist requires a deep love of the work itself, and learning that lesson kept me from ever taking Calvin and Hobbes for granted when the strip took off years later…. To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed… and I think that you'll be happier for the trouble."
-Bill Watterson (1958- )

This program is designed to teach students how to develop a visual concept through sequential art, which is the largest growth industry within the world of book publishing today.  Students explore visual story telling techniques, including: story development, page layout, perspective, camera angles, dramatic lighting, lettering and advanced inking techniques.  After these skills are learned, kids create their own comic or graphic novel pages, which are published each term in Bill Hauser’s and David Witt’s Art Academy fanzine, Sandwhich, which comprises their final project.

THESE CLASSES NEEDN’T BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE.

Character Design Artwork

Visual Storytelling Artwork

Lilliah Campagna, Instructor, Drift/Deadlock, Digital Painting
Mick Kaufer, Instructor, Evil Ways, Digital Illustration
Bill Hauser, Instructor, Jack Ratts Album Cover, Ink and Photoshop
David Witt, Instructor, Morning Coffee Daily Comic Strip Page, Pen & Ink & Brush on Paper

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Fantasy Painting

Fantasy Painting for Ages 14+

SUMMER 2022 COVID UPDATE

We are offering a general in-person class for ages 14-18 at various times each week. This wide-ranging class will allow students to continue their training in specific areas of interest as they receive instruction on a one-on-one project basis.

Choose one of these times when registering:

Mon 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wed 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thu 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sat 10:00am-12:00pm
Sat 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sat 3:30pm-5:30pm

All participants will be asked to follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus following the CDC, Minnesota, and St. Paul guidelines. Guidelines have eased, but we still recommend wearing a mask within our building. 

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
Schedule for Summer 2022

Supply List

"I hope my work has inspired young artists. I have always tried to maintain my freedom as an artist and I feel it is one of the main reasons I have been successful."
-Frank Frazetta (1928-2010)

The Fantasy Painting Class is designed to correlate with our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals and Drawing Manga, Superheroes and Fantasy Figures programs.  Students may take the three classes together to learn complimentary information, thereby accelerating their skill development considerably.  However, it can be taken on its own, and there is no prerequisite.

This course provides students with a traditional step-by-step process to create Fantasy, Science Fiction, or other original work in pencil, ink and paint.  The core focus is on developing the student’s rough, initial concept into a complete and finished work through the practical use of sketching, references, and incremental studies.  Concepts of design, line quality, value and color harmonies will be stressed to ensure each student’s final products are both conceptually and aesthetically engaging.

Initially, students will select inspirational master works to copy and use to study traditional techniques.  While developing these essential skills, students will be encouraged to maintain a sketchbook and create original ideas for narratives, subjects, character designs, and settings.  With the aid of the instructor, students will then select their best concepts to develop further using anatomical studies, photographic reference and compositional exercises.  Each student will explore methods to achieve their unique goals. Advanced students will culminate their learning experience in a finished, fully realized, original painting.

Fantasy Painting Artwork

Alex Pederson, Age 17
Value Study
Alex Pederson, Age 17
Charcoal Drawing
Alex Pederson, Age 17
Underpainting
State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner!
Alex Pederson, Age 16
Oil after Frank Frazetta

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Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Homeschoolers

Melinda Hiller, Age 16

Homeschool Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Ages 10-18

SUMMER 2022 COVID UPDATE

Homeschool Drawing and Painting is not offered during our summer term.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
(Not Offered During Summer Term)

Supply List

Delacroix, Orphan Girl
"The first merit of a picture is to be a feast for the eyes."
-Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)

Our Homeschool classes follow the progression of our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals program. Students begin with black and white drawing exercises in pencil and pen and ink. After basic skills are learned, children advance to color in watercolor and oil. All levels of study, from beginning to advanced students are accepted.

Throughout history, drawing has always been considered an artist's most prized possession. It is the foundation upon which all other aspects of art are formed. This is true whether an artist chooses to be expressive in a realistic or abstract style. That is why we give the craft of drawing special attention at The Art Academy.

Drawing in Pen and Ink

In our Homechool program, special emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of drawing logically and simply. Our methods promote refined draftsmanship, which dramatically improves a student's drawing abilities. With continued practice children can then achieve higher levels of understanding and success.

Many of our initial drawing exercises are executed in pen and ink so students become familiar with the expressive qualities of line. This improves a student’s eye/hand coordination and focus.

Madeline Sorenson, Pen & Ink
Madeline Sorenson, Age 15
Pen and Ink

Students continue to advance their drawing skills when they move on to painting.

Pen & Ink Artwork

Watercolor

After students have demonstrated a basic understanding of drawing they begin painting in watercolor. While we emphasize line in drawing, painting is a medium devoted to the understanding of mass and color. Watercolor is a great medium to learn these concepts.

As with drawing, we approach the study of color in a systematic way. This helps prevent students from spending months or years mixing colors that interact on paper or canvas in an unpleasant, unintentional manner.

Alice Shea, Watercolor
Alice Shea, Age 15
Watercolor

By following revered principles of color theory and color mixing, children create fresh, lively pictures the first time they paint without experiencing any undue frustration.

There is much to learn about painting; and watercolor methods easily translate to other forms of painting and color mediums. Students build upon these skills when they advance into oil painting.

By the time students are ready for oil painting they have thoroughly grasped the refined drawing, watercolor and design principles that will directly translate into the oil medium.

Ages 14-18 Watercolor

Oil Painting

Often considered the most challenging form of painting, oils are introduced to students after they've developed a firm understanding of drawing and color mixing.

Our first objective is to pass safe studio methods on to students. We ensure a solvent-free environment where health and safety come first. After learning clean painting procedures students begin to advance their artistic vision by exploring the fascinating world of oil painting techniques.

At The Art Academy we teach several methods of oil painting. This approach allows students to receive a well-rounded education that promotes development of a personal aesthetic based upon time-honored principles of art history.

Indirect Painting and Glazing

Indirect Painting and Glazing are methods of working in oils that were commonly practiced from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. They have proven to be extremely durable techniques. At The Art Academy we teach several variations of glazing and underpainting, including grisaille, verdaccio, bistre, local color underpainting and the mixed tempera-oil technique.

Direct Painting

Direct Painting is a method of working in oils popularized during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is the technique of nineteenth century Impressionism. One of the hallmarks of direct painting is color mixing through clear observation. It is an excellent way to improve a student's sensitivity to color.

Ages 14-18 Oil Paintings

Alice Shea, Pen & Ink
Alice Shea, Age 14
Pen and Ink
Sarah Chelstrom, Age 14
State Fair Winner!
Sarah Chelstrom, Age 14
Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Melinda Hiller, Age 16
State Fair Grand Prize Winner!
Melinda Hiller, Age 16
Oil

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Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Teens

Drawing and Painting Fundamentals for Ages 14-18

SUMMER 2022 COVID UPDATE

We are offering a general in-person class for ages 14-18 at various times each week. This wide-ranging class will allow students to continue their training in specific areas of interest as they receive instruction on a one-on-one project basis.

Choose one of these times when registering:

Mon 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wed 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thu 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sat 10:00am-12:00pm
Sat 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sat 3:30pm-5:30pm

All participants will be asked to follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus following the CDC, Minnesota, and St. Paul guidelines. Guidelines have eased, but we still recommend wearing a mask within our building. 

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2022
Schedule for Summer 2022

Supply List

"In the impressionable years of youth it is the eye and the hand that should be exercised."
-William Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals class begins with black and white drawing exercises in pencil and pen and ink. After basic skills are learned, children advance to color in watercolor and oil.

Because our Drawing and Painting Fundamentals classes form the core of our children's program, what follows explains our goals for students more fully.

Drawing in Pen and Ink

Throughout history, drawing has always been considered an artist's most prized possession. It is the foundation upon which all other aspects of art are formed. This is true whether an artist chooses to be expressive in a realistic or abstract style. That is why we give the craft of drawing special attention at The Art Academy.

In our  14-18 Fundamentals course, special emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of drawing logically and simply. Our methods promote sound draftsmanship, which dramatically improves a student's drawing abilities both in class and independently. With continued practice students can then achieve higher levels of understanding and success.

Many of our initial drawing exercises are executed in pen and ink so students become familiar with the expressive qualities of line, and aid in improving a student’s control and focus. Students continue to develop their drawing skills when they move on to painting.

Pen & Ink Artwork

Watercolor Painting

After students have demonstrated a basic understanding of drawing they begin painting in watercolor. While we emphasize line in drawing, painting is a medium devoted to the understanding of mass and color. Watercolor is a great medium to learn these concepts.

As with drawing, we approach the study of color in a systematic way. This helps prevent students from spending months or years mixing colors that interact in an unpleasant, unintentional manner. By following revered principles of color theory and color mixing, children create fresh, lively pictures the first time they paint without experiencing any undue frustration.

There is much to learn about painting; watercolor methods easily translate to other forms of painting and color mediums. Students can build upon these skills when they advance into oil painting.

By the time our students are ready for oil painting they have thoroughly grasped the refined drawing, watercolor and design principles that will translate into the oil medium.

Ages 14-18 Watercolor Gallery

Oil Painting

Often considered the most challenging form of painting, oils are introduced to students after they've developed a firm understanding of drawing and color mixing.

Our first objective is to pass safe studio methods on to students. We ensure a solvent-free environment where health and safety come first. After learning clean painting procedures students begin to advance their artistic vision by exploring the fascinating world of oil painting techniques.

At The Art Academy we teach several methods of oil painting. This approach allows students to receive a well-rounded education that promotes development of a personal aesthetic based upon time-honored principles of art history.

Indirect Painting and Glazing

Indirect Painting and Glazing are methods of working in oils that were commonly practiced from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. They have proven to be extremely durable techniques. At The Art Academy we teach several variations of glazing and underpainting, including grisaille, verdaccio, bistre, local color underpainting and the mixed tempera-oil technique.

Direct Painting

Direct Painting is a method of working in oils popularized during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is the technique of nineteenth century Impressionism. One of the hallmarks of direct painting is color mixing through clear observation. It is an excellent way to improve a student's sensitivity to color.

Ages 14-18 Oils Gallery

Nancy McCabe, Age 14
Watercolor

State Fair Blue Ribbon!
Becca Engdahl, Age 15
Watercolor

State Fair Winner!
Kate Nicholson, Age 17
Oil Painting


State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner!
Alex Pederson, Age 15
Pen and Ink after H. Pyle
State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner!
Erin Ries, Age 14
Watercolor after W. Pogany
Tracking in the Snow
State Fair Grand Prize Winner!
Izzy Wexler-Mann, Age 15
Oil Painting after N.C. Wyeth

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